Published May 5, 2011
(BP) — Two Rivers Baptist Church, a prominent Southern Baptist congregation in Nashville, changed its name March 20 to the “Fellowship at Two Rivers,” saying the change was driven by a desire to distance itself from controversies in recent years.
Those controversies involved church members who were dissatisfied with former pastor Jerry Sutton. Some of them sued. Sutton retired early, telling members in a letter, “Although we have won court cases and church votes, the conflict continues.”
The church said in a January letter to members, “The past few years our name and church have been dragged through the sewer. Just do a search online and you will see what we mean. A new beginning and identity is needed. This name communicates that we are different as a church.
“We are still Baptist,” the letter continued. “Legally we are still Two Rivers Baptist, but identifying that in the name is not important. People will be drawn to our ministry by our actions and love. That is what matters.”
The church said it is not becoming “seeker sensitive.” The letter can be read at http://bit.ly/gsv15O.
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